"I completely agree with Tracy about the back stitch - can you imagine this pattern with some shading, with more threads( or thicker threads) in the border and with the midle in very fine thread or with just one?"
Oh Tracey, I'm just stunned. Your work is amazing. When you are working on batiste etc, are you counting threads or using a waste canvas? I so love blackwork on clothing. Your archers shirt is a revelation though. Welcome and I'm looking forwards to seeing more of your work!